Monday, March 8th is a public holiday here in Uganda - celebrating International Women's Day. The holiday is recognized globally, highlighting the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.
In Gulu, we're celebrating the achievements of the One Mango Tree tailors - all of whom started out with no work, and who all now put their children in school, food on the table, and count their savings each day. We think that the change they've created in their lives by earning their own income is astounding, and we're eager to see more women in Northern Uganda working, growing and achieving. They've done it all not by receiving handouts, but by working hard and earning a respectable income - they are changing the dynamic in Northern Uganda, one woman-one family-one village at a time.
There's really no question that women have the power to change the world.
Have you seen The Girl Effect? Take a few moments next Monday to appreciate the amazing things women have done, and if you're a woman, think about your contribution. We'd love it if you shared Women's Day with us - help us create more jobs by shopping on our site - maybe buy a little something for a fabulous woman in your life? Or further the reach by helping our ladies send all of their kids to school with our Share the Love program.
Tell us how you'll celebrate International Women's Day - we'd love to hear from you.